Toxicity of kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) in rats: changes in intestinal permeability

Digestion. 1985;32(1):42-6. doi: 10.1159/000199215.


Rats fed on diets containing kidney bean showed increased intestinal permeability to intravenously injected 125I-labelled rat serum proteins after an intragastric challenge with bean proteins. The enhanced accumulation of radioactive serum proteins in the lumen and walls of the small intestine indicated increased vascular permeability. It is suggested that dietary lectins may, at least in part, be responsible for this loss of serum proteins and thus contribute towards the overall toxicity of kidney bean proteins.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Capillary Permeability / drug effects*
  • Intestine, Small / drug effects
  • Intestine, Small / immunology
  • Intestine, Small / physiopathology*
  • Male
  • Phytohemagglutinins / immunology
  • Phytohemagglutinins / pharmacology*
  • Rats


  • Phytohemagglutinins